A little snowflake can’t do much. Put enough snowflakes together however, and it’s a beautiful sight to see. Whole cities stop functioning and entire countries are forced to wait until those little snowflakes go away. Sometimes those snowflakes don’t go away – they’re called Hillary Clinton supporters.
JanH, quoted from a gossip columnist yesterday. The quote goes to show that even in those precincts, the smell of Obama desperation is in the air. Cindy Adams published a ridiculous “item” which can be dismissed completely as a possibility, but the news “item” is but a small example of how even in the society pages the “ladies who lunch” are aware of the mess Mess-iah Obama is and the only solution to the problem: Hillary Clinton. Here’s Cindy, fresh from a manicure:
Now, anyone mentioned the so far mumbled-about-only-behind-sealed-doors possibility that in this coming Supreme Court draught Our Father Who Art in the White House could . . . would . . . might . . . nominate Biden to the bench? The idea being to get Hillary as VP. To shore up his poll numbers. Let nobody say he’d even throw Michelle under the bus so’s to keep his government housing job. Let nobody say that. However, let somebody say that since his support has eroded with working-class Democrats, and that’s Hillary country . . . is all I’m saying.
Hillary country. Cindy Adams is saying what Americans of all colors and all parties are saying: Obama is a loser; “Hillary, save us!”
Cindy Adams is wrong on the Supreme Court nomination angle, but this gossip “item” is exactly right on the point of Hillary Clinton’s strong support with working class Democrats. Oh, and Michelle should be worried, that bus has big tires.
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Big Pink readers know we wrote long ago and often about the situation comedy demographics of the monster Obamination Dimocratic Party. We wrote long ago about how this hideous apparatus which supplanted the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition was a loser that would not last. Barack Obama Destroys the Democratic Party, we wrote because his situation comedy coalition essentially is the old George McGovern coalition. The financial emergency and the reemergence at the end of 2008 of George W. Bush to deal with that financial emergency created an historical aberration: the election of Barack Obama after the selection and gifting of the Democratic nomination to B.O.
That historical aberration which led to the current catastrophe is increasingly recognized even among the Obama Apologists who are in retreat. Now, almost on a weekly if not daily basis, articles are published which agree with the arguments we have made for years.
The latest article which adopts most if not all of our premises comes from the Weekly Standard. The article is called The Clinton Voters Jump Ship:
The conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama’s decline in the polls represents a new, unexpected turn against him. But an examination of the results of the recent elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts suggests that what we might really be seeing is a return to the skepticism that significant portions of the electorate have showed about Obama from the beginning of his national career.
Barack Obama was the chosen stooge of an establishment cabal we now know. Hillary Clinton could have healed the breach in the Democratic Party caused by the 1964 Civil Rights Act and united African-Americans and the White Working Class under one huge Democratic tent. Unlike JFK who worked for the votes of Southern protestants resistant to his candidacy, Obama choose to ignore the white working class and now the white working class will ignore Barack Obama.
More from the Weekly Standard article:
For six months during the 2008 primaries, Obama and Hillary Clinton crisscrossed the country wooing voters. Obama consistently failed to win over important parts of the Democratic base, even after it became clear that he was going to be his party’s nominee.
On February 5—Super Tuesday— Obama did poorly in both New Jersey and Massachusetts, losing to Clinton by 10 and 15 points, respectively. The exit polls were in line with Obama’s performance throughout the primary race: He did very well with blacks, wealthy voters, highly educated voters, and very young voters. He did poorly with working-class whites and older voters.
In other words, Obama did well with his situation comedy demographic, an ephemeral grouping at best, which benefited his candidacy in the 2008 elections but are a very poor choice to build a party on. But it was always about Barack, not about the Democratic Party. Now the Democratic establishment which conspired to drive Hillary Clinton from the race and install their monstrous selection, will inherit the wind.
And then there was gender and race. In New Jersey, Obama was -19 among white men; in Massachusetts he was +1.
In addition to the demography, there was geography. Obama ran well in urban enclaves. He also did well in college towns and state capitals. But he did poorly in the suburbs and in smaller industrial towns.
“Bitter” and “clinging” small town America, rejected Barack Obama and his insults and snobbery.
Reviewing the primary fight, Michael Barone noted that Obama got majorities “from whites only in his home state (Illinois), in states where the white Democratic primary electorate is unusually upscale and non-Jewish (Virginia, Vermont), and in mountain states where the cultural divide is not black-white.” This racial divide, Barone explained, was part of a larger, cultural divide between Jacksonians and academics. “In state after state, we have seen Obama do extraordinarily well in academic and state capital enclaves. In state after state, we have seen Clinton do extraordinarily well in enclaves dominated by Jacksonians.”
“Jacksonians” as in Andrew Jackson. Every year Democrats in many states celebrate at “Jefferson/Jackson” festivities and fund-raisers. “Jefferson/Jackson” are the Democratic Party and in the modern era we add FDR and Bill and Hillary Clinton. The is the core, the heart, of the Democratic Party. That heart has now been removed to install a TIVO situation comedy.
The Jacksonian Democrats tended to be white and working-class; the academics tended to be highly educated, and often government employees. This divide is often attributed to latent racism in the Jacksonians. But a suspicion of Barack Obama shouldn’t make you a racist. Consider the case of Buchanan County, a Jacksonian stronghold on the Virginia border next to both West Virginia and Kentucky. Obama lost Buchanan County to Hillary Clinton by a margin of 90 to 9. Which might make one view Buchananites with some suspicion—except that in the 1989 gubernatorial race, Douglas Wilder won Buchanan County by 18 points over his (white) Republican rival.
We will discuss the “racism” angle tomorrow in Part III. For now let’s focus on what has happened post 2008 election.
The question, then, is how these various coalition groups—the white ethnic enclaves, the Jacksonians, the suburban and industrial town voters—have reacted to Democrats since Obama took office. And the answer is: Without enthusiasm.
In Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell won an 18-point victory in a state Obama carried by 6 points. Obama had been -24 among white men in 2008; McDonnell was +43. Obama had carried every income bracket under $75,000 by at least double-digit margins. McDonnell was -8 among those making between $15,000 and $30,000 a year. He was +6 from there up to $50,000 and +28 among those making between $50,000 and $75,000. Where Obama had lost whites without college degrees by a big margin—34 percent—McDonnell did even better than McCain had, rolling up a 51-point advantage. Buchanan County? McDonnell won it by 26 points, a 21-point swing against the Democrats.
In New Jersey, it was worse. Chris Christie was outspent by a millionaire incumbent in a state Obama won by 15 points. Christie won by 5 points, and the exit polls showed defections among the same groups who had been against Obama in the presidential primaries. Where Obama had been only -3 among white men, Christie was +34; where Obama had run even with older whites, Christie was +25; where Obama had been competitive among non-college educated whites (he was only -4 in the general election), Christie was +34. In the rural south, Obama had won Gloucester and Salem counties easily. A year later, they went for Christie. In heavily industrialized Passaic County, Obama had won by 21 points; Christie came within 8.
Which leaves Massachusetts. There were no exit polls for the January special election. One approximation comes from a Public Policy Polling survey conducted a few days before the election, which concluded with Scott Brown ahead by 5 points. Brown was +12 among white voters (Obama had been +20), and the poll suggested that Brown did very well among middle-aged voters: He was +14 among those age 30 to 44 and +3 from age 45 to 64. Among these groups Obama had been +18 and +20. The town and county results tell the same story. Plymouth and Worcester counties are two ethnic, blue-collar strongholds that went heavily for Clinton in the primaries, by 21 and 25 points, respectively. Brown won them by similar margins: +26 in Plymouth and +23 in Worcester.
What the above numbers mean is that Dimocrats should have seen the blood gushing from the chest in Virginia and New Jersey as an arterial wound, not a paper cut. Bluest of the blue Massachusetts was more than an arterial wound, it was the Democratic heart itself, stabbed and writhing.
But if we accept that the comparisons are at least marginally valid, then Obama is not encountering some new, unanticipated resistance from the electorate. Instead, it may be that his general election triumph was the aberration—that his coalition was never as strong as the financial panic of September 2008 made it seem. It would mean that he is now returning to his natural base of support and that the Jacksonians and others who resisted him in the primaries have turned away once again from his charms.
2008 November was an aberration. McCain followed the winning Republican playbook of “come out fighting only after the convention and ride to victory”. McCain was winning even though Big Media was out to destroy him and Sarah Palin. It was then that the financial crisis hit and George W. Bush came back to the fore and Americans decided enough was enough. Americans had had enough. It took the alleged collapse of the financial system to once again drag Obama over the finish line.
As we wrote in August, the Democratic Party died once Obama was gifted the nomination by the establishment cabal. Now the Obamination wolf which wears the Democratic clothes must be destroyed. It’s the only way to restore the common sense Democratic Party of Jefferson-Jackson-FDR-JFK-Bill-Hillary Clinton.
But it also suggests something more, that the Democratic party is now the party of Obama, for good and for ill. While the president is no Jacksonian, his party has many in its ranks. Democratic officeholders should be concerned about their voters fleeing not just from Obama but from their party as well. The president may be in the process of trimming the Democratic base back into something that looks an awful lot like his own primary base.
Obama’s primary base is the desired demographic of a situation comedy. Situation comedy’s are good to laugh at but they do not last. Hillary Clinton supporters are standing by the door in Winter quarters – bags packed and ready. From those Winter quarters Hillary Clinton supporters will either leave to do battle for Hillary, or we will leave, never to return to the fold.
A few weeks ago Representative Marion Berry, a Jacksonian from Arkansas’s First District, recounted an exchange he had with the president. Asked how he was going to prevent a midterm disaster on the scale of 1994, Obama replied, “Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.” Which may be precisely the problem.
The problem precisely. Barack Obama is the Problem.
[Part I HERE. Part III tomorrow, and the “racist” question.]